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Bird Control Tips for Apartment Buildings and Property Managers

Apartment complexes and property managers are in desperate need of effective bird management. These industries manage so much square footage that high-dollar spiking jobs and netting programs just shift the birds to the next open area. Avitrol programs if done correctly are getting more and more labor intense driving cost up and not providing immediate control. Managers of these properties are frustrated not only with the price but with the lack of overall success.

The key point in controlling birds is keeping pressure on the birds. Stressed birds are unhappy birds and unhappy birds look for other places to live. It is that simple. Keep in mind the only way to move birds from their home is to apply stress at a level that is higher than their desire to be there.

No matter if the bird control program is done in-house or by a professional pest control operator, an Integrated Bird Control program needs to well thought-out in advance and an annual budget to determine the best approach.
Below is Flock Free Bird Control's 6 step Integrated Bird Control program or IBC
Evaluate Variables
Target birds, population levels, nesting or loafing, size of project, difficulty, solutions
Preventive Measures
Remove or reduce issues such as existing food and water sources if possible
Clean Up and Sanitize
Thoroughly clean and sanitize area affected areas
Implement control methods
Install multi-dimensional pain/consequence program
Monitor
Find any weakness in initial program and refine while monitoring population reduction
Follow-up Services
Determine the frequency of follow-up services – Usually based on area bird pressure and sensitivity of facility needs or audit requirements

The four most missed steps of an IBC program are;
1) Preventive Measures
2) Clean Up and Sanitize
3) Monitor
4) Follow-up Services

Bird control should not be thought of as a one-time event since birds always come back. Birds are much smarter than roaches or rodents and these pests always have frequent services. Bird control needs to be thought of the same way. Here is the opportunity to make the point by asking a few questions. Why are bird problems in this environment expected to be “solved” with a single one-time service when birds are the most difficult pest problem to solve for various reasons, i.e. they are smart, they fly and they become residents? Taking this argument to the logical next level, bird “solutions” require effective “programs” to bring them under “control”. Due to the same factors listed above, birds are never to be eradicated or eliminated – they are to be controlled to levels that mitigate risk and damage.

Initial services are probably going to require some traditional bird control methods such as post and wire Flightline on ledges or maybe some netting to areas that need excluding after proper clean up methods are achieved. In this article, we want to explain some additional items that will continue to keep up the pressure on the birds and train them to reside elsewhere. Remember, there is not a magic bullet for controlling bird population and the combination of control methods to keep pressure on birds is the most effective.

AC/HVAC Covers
These prevent birds from living and nesting under roof top units while allowing AC service people to perform proper maintenance.


Tank Mix Liquid Repellent
Tank Mix is a three part solutions that annoying to birds and can be easily sprayed on building ledges, balconies, trees, shrubs and other places birds are landing on.
(Please read the full article on Tank Mix here.)


UV Paints and Gels
Birds see in ultraviolet so it’s possible to have birds associate the discomfort of a control measure with the UV paint that’s introduced. An example would be to dot UV paint where a shock tape application is placed. After a bird gets a few zaps, it will associate the UV with the shocks.


Balcony Water Blaster
This device is just down right fun to watch in action. Spanning up to 12 feet, the two receptacles have an infrared beam going between them. Once the beam is broken by a bird landing in its path, a blast of water shoots out and scares away the bird.  


Solar Shock Tape Kit
The Solar shock Tape is a cost-effective, easy-to-install and efficient electric shock system available for bird control. Since it's charged by the sun, this is a quick and easy process to handle.
Each kit comes with 1 24' roll of Shock Tape and 1 solar charger.


Shock Tape Dispenser Kit
The Shock Tape Dispenser was created to protect windowsills, balcony railings or other small surfaces that need protection part time.
Can be used for up to 12 feet and you have many options of how to mount charger to surfaces.


Flock Free Hazers
Flock Free Bird Control has designed and patented the world’s only successful open-air bird defense system. Our exclusive products convert the product ECOBIRD 4.0 into a lighter-than-air haze that moves and rises in the wind. (our haze ALWAYS RISES, there is no possibility for the product to settle out) Birds are sensitive to acidity and ECOBIRD 4.0 is acidic by nature as an extract of the skin of concord grapes. 


Flock Free Bird Control offers many more products that help solve bird control problems for your unique site. 

Follow-up services, whether weekly, twice monthly or monthly should always have the same goal – stress the birds. Figure out the areas where the birds are most active or problematic and go after the hot-spots. Gel and UV ledges and resting areas and Tank Mix spray trees, shrubs, dumpsters and any areas of bird activity. Just stay on top of the birds and stress them, beginning with the areas of highest activity/sensitivity and work down the line until you have used up the agreed amount of time. Over time you will take away roosting areas and make the birds uncomfortable and they will begin to see a decline in bird populations.

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